Marriage Preparation Tools

wed-5.gif · 1) Give couples an outstanding "marriage prep packet".
· 2) Set out a table with additional resources.
· 3) Build a powerful Marriage Preparation Curriculum.
· 4) Create a library for couples, presenters, and mentors.
· 5) Provide resources for Hispanic couples as needed.


There is now an online marriage preparation service that works with local Marriage support personal and allows couples in unusual situations (such as one partner being overseas for the time being) to complete a full featured marriage preparation program.


Why Marriage Preparation Matters

The goal of Marriage Preparation is to bring about superb marriages, the kind of marriages where people say, "Aren’t they a wonderful couple!" and mean it. The realities of our culture make this extremely challenging. Nearly all of the couples who come to the Church for marriage are already sexually active with one another; nearly all of them are using contraceptives* to avoid pregnancy before marriage, and half to three quarters of them are already living together. By their lifestyle choices, they have already convinced themselves that the Church has nothing to tell them about male-female relationships or fertility management, and certainly nothing worthwhile to say about sexuality.

So why do they come? Plainly they are looking for something more than they can get from cohabitation. They know from observation of other couples (and possibly their own bitter experience) just how fragile sexual relationships outside of marriage can be. They want something better for themselves and hope that a gorgeous public ceremony or maybe some mysterious "blessing" from the Church can give them that extra something.

So what can the Church do for them? Well, Jesus gave us the best teaching on marriage and relationships ever delivered, and John Paul II has taken that teaching and packaged it so well that we now know more about what makes a marriage work (and what doesn’t) than ever before, and this knowledge is mostly available only through the Catholic Church.

Marriage is a fine-tuned, extremely powerful biological/psychological/spiritual package. Marriage moves couples to create the very best setting for bringing up resourceful, contributing members of society.
That setting is the human family with two highly involved parents. The family, however, revolves around the wholehearted sexual donation of each spouse to the other. Anything that attacks that relationship is highly destructive to marriage and the family. Pornography, for example, involves the husband with imaginary sexual images instead of his wife. Both partners are clearly aware of this disconnection, and sexual activity becomes divisive instead of unitive, with typically disastrous consequences. Birth control is even worse. Contracepted sex is the individual pursuit of physical/emotional gratification instead of a mutual pursuit of greater love and family involvement. This self-centered sex, unlike family-oriented sex, has devastating effects, for example, the huge increase in divorce that has come about as our culture has become saturated with birth control.

Marriage preparation programs can now clearly teach what factors, such as birth control, attack the marriage bond and what factors, such as accepting children, support and enhance it. We owe a great debt to John Paul II, because now we can tell couples not only what to do (and avoid) for a life-long, excellent relationship, but we can also tell them why these practices make such a remarkable difference. Effective marriage preparation, however, calls for a thorough re-education of the trainers as well as the trainees, since all of us are immersed in a culture where sexual values are highly distorted.

This is absolutely worth the effort. Healthy marriages lead to loving families. Loving families lead to functional, productive communities—a culture of life, a Civilization of Love. Anything we can do to foster this society will have an enormous payoff!

Four steps to take:



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The testimony of a man who reluctantly agreed to stop using contraception and try Natural Family Planning in his marriage. What followed, in his heart, his marriage, and his family, was nothing short of a miracle.

Practically speaking, widespread use of contraception has led directly to massive increases of divorce and abortion. Personal union and yearning for fertility are written physically into the structure of sexual relations, and shutting down one of these aspects hurts the whole relationship.There are practical, workable steps we can take to regain the overflowing life that God desires for us.

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1 Free copy of It Brought Me Back to God (with any purchase or donation)
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1 Free copy Why Contraception Matters (with any purchase or donation)
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1 Free copy "Prove It, God" ...And He Did ( with any purchase or donation)
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A graph and table of historical events showing the how the rise of divorce mirrors the rise in the use of contraception.

The Christian and Contraception shows the impact of contraception on society and the Christian churches, then challenges Christians to return to scriptural principles of family life.

Information from the book Breast Cancer, Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, in a short and highly persuasive format.
Divorce graph and table
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The Christian and Contraception
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Breast Cancer Risk from Abortion
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Effectiveness and problems of contraceptives used after sexual relations.

Perceiving the Contraception Connection a Catholic priest encourages people to reject contraception and to practice natural family planning.

Lives have been radically improved by learning the value of fertility through Natural Family Planning
The Morning After Pill and other types of "Emergency Contraception"
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Perceiving the Contraception Connection
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Teaching Fertility Appreciation
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Bookmark and poem reflecting the eternal value of a child.

Just what a blessing children are

The contraceptive movement's overwhelming success in our day, and workable strategies for turning this around
Glimpse Of God (Reflections of a Mother)
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The Blessings of Children
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The Cure
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Ann Moell MD speaks to her patients from her heart about why she chooses not to prescribe contraceptives for them.

Information on all the major methods of contraception, with their methods of action and health consequence

La eficacia y los problemas de los anticonceptivos utilizados después de las relaciones sexuales.
What About Birth Control?
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What a Woman Should Know about Birth Control
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La pildora del dia despues y otros tipos de "anticoncepcion de emergencia"
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Cómo la Píldora aumenta el riesgo de contraer cáncer de seno (y otras enfermedades), con estrategias efectivas para prevenirlo.

Una descripción completa de métodos modernos de Planificación Natural de la Famila.

How a 40-year-old mother of four and her husband received the grace to welcome one more soul into their family.
La Píldora y el cáncer de seno
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¿Que es la Planificacion Natural de la Familia?
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Stretch Marks
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